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Admonish
To criticize or scold.
Admonish your friends privately, but praise them openly.
Alacrity
liveliness; promptness
Antonyms: apathy, aversion, disinclination, dullness, indifference, reluctance, slowness, unwillingness
Appease
To soothe.
Don't try to appease me; I'm really upset!
Apprise
To inform or give notice.
Ms. Chan wanted to apprise her employees about the company's mission.
Approbation
Praise.
Beatrice looked at her daughter with great approbation.
Ascetic
Practicing abstinence and devotion; usually a spiritual practice.
Brother Sebastian lived an ascetic existence.
Banal
Commonplace; not fresh or original.
The long story had many banal ideas in it, so it lost the interest of its readers
Belie
To give a false representation to; misrepresent: “He spoke roughly in order to belie his air of gentility” (James Joyce).
To show to be false; contradict: Their laughter belied their outward grief.
Bolster
To support; reinforce. To give a boost to someone.
Playing outside with my dog really bolsters my spirits when I'm feeling down
Boorish
Definition: crude, awkward
Antonyms: charming, cultured, exciting, polite, refined, sophisticated
Catalyst
Definition: something which incites activity
Antonyms: block, blockage, preventer, prevention
Coda
Music. The concluding passage of a movement or composition.
A conclusion or closing part of a statement.
Cogent
Convincing or pertinent.
The leader made some very cogent remarks about the continuing decline
Compliant
Agreeable; willing to yield.
Noreen had always been compliant with her employer's wishes.
Contentious
The act or an instance of striving in controversy or debate. See synonyms at discord.
A striving to win in competition; rivalry: The teams met in fierce contention for first place.
Conundrum
A strange riddle or dilemma.
Linda was in a conundrum when she scheduled two appointments at the same time
Convoluted
Complicated; coiled; twisted.
The boy told a story too convoluted for his mother to follow.
Craven
Cowardly.
It was a craven act to run away from the wreck without helping the people out of the car.
Daunt
Definition: frighten, alarm
Antonyms: aid, assist, embolden, encourage, hearten, help, incite, inspirit, stimulate, undaunt, urge
Deference
A courteous expression (by word or deed) of esteem or regard; A disposition or tendency to yield to the will of others; Courteous regard for people's feelings.
Deride
Definition: make fun of;insult
Antonyms: commend, compliment, flatter, praise, revere
Desultory
Aimless or haphazard.
The day was so hot that everyone went about their chores in a desultory fashion
Deterrent
Definition: impediment, restraint
Antonyms: catalyst, encouragement, incentive
Diatribe
Bitter or angry attack in speech or writing.
Everybody felt uncomfortable after such an unprovoked diatribe.
Diffidence
Lacking confidence.
Ability hits the mark where presumption over-shoots and diffidence falls short
Digression
Definition: deviation; straying
Antonyms: directness, straightness
Dirge
A song of mourning.
In the end, one or the other will triumph — a funeral dirge will be sung over the Soviet republic
discrete
Constituting a separate entity or part.
Tutor's tip: It would not be "discreet" (to show tact or reserve) to try to join "discrete" (consisting of unconnected or distinct parts) and competitive departments.
Disingenuous
Not honest and candid.
The invitation to come to their country estate seemed disingenuous so she did not seriously consider it.
Disparage
To degrade, to speak slightingly about.
The disparaging remarks hurt her feelings.
Dissemble
To hide by pretending something different.
Perhaps it was right to dissemble your love, But — why did you kick me down stairs?
Welter
A confused mass; a jumble: a welter of papers and magazines
To wallow, roll, or toss about, as in mud or high seas.
Wary
On guard; watchful: taught to be wary of strangers.
Characterized by caution: a wary glance at the black clouds
Vituperative
Of, relating to, or characterized by verbal abuse
Truculence
A disposition or apparent disposition to fight, especially fiercely.
Ferociously cruel actions or behavior.
Tortuous
Not straightforward; highly involved or intricate.
Reason is the slow and tortuous method
Torpor
A state of mental or physical inactivity or insensibility.
Lethargy; apathy.
Tirade
A speech of violent denunciation.
Anger begins as an inner twinge. We sense something long before it blossoms (explodes?) into an emotional tirade.
Tenuous
Having little substance or significance; weak.
There is a tenuous connection between what is written and what really happened.
Tangential
Of, relating to, or moving along or in the direction of a tangent.
Merely touching or slightly connected.
Only superficially relevant; divergent: a tangential remark
Supersede
Take the place or move into the position of.
Intellectual tasting of life will not supersede muscular activity
Subside
To sink to a lower or normal level. To sink or settle down, as into a sofa. To sink to the bottom, as a sediment. To become less agitated or active; abate
Subpoena
writ requiring appearance in court to give testimony
citación
Strut
To display in order to impress others. Sometimes used with out: Don't strut out your resume until you have more accomplishments to list.
Striated
Marked with striae; striped, grooved, or ridged.
Consisting of a stria or striae.